This is very rare occasion that you can visit private atelier of a traditional Japanese indigo dyeing artist. You can learn and experience the world of true “Japan Blue”, which is on the verge of distinct here in Mt. Fuji area.
The artist usually does not accept visitors for casual experience. She welcomes the visits on this program, which is designed and attended by local licensed guides who have been closely working with her.
Through this program, she is hoping that “Japan Blue” be recognized by those who love traditional local cultures coexisting with ecosystem, and be given new life into the future.
Recently, “Japan Blue” experience programs are being made available as a tourism attraction at some shops in popular sightseeing spots. But what they are providing is specifically designed “attraction”, NOT real life. In this program, you can experience the real life of “Japan Blue” artist.
If you are interested in real “Japan Blue”, do not miss this special opportunity!
||658-1 Asahisoshi, Tsuru, Yamanashi 402-0015, Japan
(Private Transportation can be arranged from nearest train station.)
|Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi
approx. 2 hours.
||Adult 37,000 – JPY(Minimum:2 Maximum:4)
Child ( 6-12 year old) 20,000 JPY(Maximum: 2)
|Req. per Booking
||2 – 4 guests
|Req. to Run Tour
||From 6 years
|Tour Guide/Conductor Language
|Audio Guide Language
||Indigo dyeing materials and tools
T-shirt or scarf for indigo dyeing
This is an unique opportunity to visit private atelier of a traditional Japanese indigo dyeing (“Japan Blue”) artist, which is located in deep mountain near Mt. fuji. The artist Ms. Fumiko Sato will explain about “Japan Blue” and help you to dye your own item -T-shirt or scarf. “Japan Blue” is a gift from mother nature. Through series of collaborations with microorganisms, colorless substances in the indigo leaves are transformed to breathtakingly beautiful blue pigment. The microorganisms need appropriate oxygen density, power of hydrogen, temperature, and nutrients. In order to maintain the environment where the microorganisms can work, Fumiko literally lives with the indigo; she lives and sleeps beside indigo fermentation pots, checking indigo’s color/taste/sound, stirring the pots, heating with charcoal stoves, and adding timber ashes from stove. This painstaking technique is almost distinct after advent of mass production chemical dyeing system. But only traditionally dyed items have such characteristics as long lasting color, strengthening fibers, antibiotic effects, quick drying; wisdom of humankind. You can witness this world cultural heritage here in Mt. Fuji area!
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.